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Old 10-14-2011, 04:12 PM   #1
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winterize and bypass valves

Hi,
I'm a brand new owner of a flagstaff 23fbs and loving it but winter's just around the corner and this is where I need help.

I can't find any decent info in the owner's manual on winterizing. I know I have to pour plumbing antifreeze into the system. Just don't know how or where and the manual talks about bypass valves but it doesn't show where they are.

Your help is greatly appreciated.

thank you
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Old 10-14-2011, 05:10 PM   #2
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Welcome.

This is a common question at this time of year. I am not familiar with the particulars of the 23fbs, but this should get you going...
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Old 10-16-2011, 10:15 AM   #3
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Thanks Scott, really did help. I appreciate it.
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I have a brand new Apex 18.9 FBS and am also concerned about winterizing the water system. I do not have a syphon to draw anti freeze into the system. This was all explained to me when we bought the unit but i had a lot of things going through my head that day. Absent the syphon hose do I put anti freeze into the fresh water tank and then use the pump to pump it through the water lines? i.e. turn on pump and open faucets, shower and toilet until they run pink? I see to leave some anti freeze in the toilet.
The video was very helpful about draining the watrer heater.
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Old 10-16-2011, 01:35 PM   #5
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Darn it Scott! I am so sorry. I thought I was deleting a bad link and deleted the video by mistake. Could you repost?
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Old 10-16-2011, 01:46 PM   #6
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I have a brand new Apex 18.9 FBS and am also concerned about winterizing the water system. I do not have a syphon to draw anti freeze into the system. This was all explained to me when we bought the unit but i had a lot of things going through my head that day. Absent the syphon hose do I put anti freeze into the fresh water tank and then use the pump to pump it through the water lines? i.e. turn on pump and open faucets, shower and toilet until they run pink? I see to leave some anti freeze in the toilet.
The video was very helpful about draining the water heater.
You can make what you need easy enough. Go to the home store and buy 6 foot of vinyl tubing and a 1/2 inch NPT PEX to Hose Coupling to connect the pump inlet to the vinyl tubing.

PlumbingSupply.com - SharkBite Pipe Repair Fittings by Cash Acme

Unscrew the inlet feed from the fresh water tank and hook up your widget. REMOVE the fuse from the pump and go into the camper and turn on the pump switch.

Go back to the pump and use the fuse to run the pump to flush your system. DO NOT forget to remove the water filter; bypass the water heater; drain and flush the water heater; and winterize the drains, Turbo Flush (if installed) and check valve on the city water inlet.

I leave the fuse next to the pump for when I get the unit ready for spring.
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Old 10-16-2011, 02:14 PM   #7
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Lou thanks for the info. I am new to all this and get paranoid about doing this stuff right. I am seriously not handy. I have already crushed the built on stabilizer jacks (live and learn) can't afford too many more mistakes. This sounds easy enough. I think maybe I can handle it.
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Lou thanks for the info. I am new to all this and get paranoid about doing this stuff right. I am seriously not handy. I have already crushed the built on stabilizer jacks (live and learn) can't afford too many more mistakes. This sounds easy enough. I think maybe I can handle it.
I will let you in on a secret. While I consider myself "handy," here is a photo of my stab jack after my first trip in the new 5th wheel.
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I'm scared to ask but how did you bend a stab jack? I want to make sure I don't make the same mistake.
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Darn it Scott! I am so sorry. I thought I was deleting a bad link and deleted the video by mistake. Could you repost?
The winterize video can always be found in our FAQ area.
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